One has to wonder sometimes what lurks behind corporate websites and their banner proclamations. For example, none other than Catherine Fitts found this one, and passed it along, and when you read it, you'll know why:


Now, as you might imagine, what piqued our interest in this find was the reference to "precision fires", which the website is maintaining is all about precision guided ordnance:

Lockheed Martin’s Camden Operations facility is a manufacturing, final assembly, test and storage operation for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) programs. Located in the Highland Industrial Park in Camden, Arkansas, it occupies a combined manufacturing and support function floor space exceeding 1.9 million square feet spread out over more than 1,800 acres of land. Approximately 650 employees work in the facility’s manufacturing and support buildings.

Established in 1978 as the home of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) production program, Camden Operations is today Lockheed Martin’s Precision Fires operations center of excellence. It continues to produce the MLRS launcher and family of munitions, which includes the Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket. It is home to the Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile, and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, which fires both MLRS rockets and TACMS missiles. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) hit-to-kill air defense missile is also manufactured here. All of these systems are combat-proven.

There you have it: it's about nothing more or less than precision fire control and guidance systems for an array of guided missiles. Nothing to see here, move along.

But if you're a regular reader here, you know I cannot resist crawling to the end of the twig of High Octane Speculation, where the weight of the speculation far exceeds the load bearing capacity of the twig, and today is certainly a prime example of it, for I cannot help but think there's "more" lurking behind this "precision fires" thing than meets the eye. My rule of thumb is: if it's the government saying it, it's lying, and if it's a major defense corporation saying it, it's really lying. And perhaps, as is my wont when indulging in my high octane speculations, I parse the words too closely, but I cannot help but notice the careful choice of words here: "precision fires", and not "precision fire control systems", which is the explanation we're given at the website in the main text of the article, and indeed, given the ordnance involved, precision  fire control systems makes eminent sense.

My context for this high octane speculation were all of the anomalous things (and pictures) that were noticed in the wake of the fires in California: houses that burnt to the ground, cars with wheel rims melted, bridges whose metal-work, guard rails, and rebar were twisted beyond recognition, while nearby shrubbery and trees were seemingly not affected at all, the sudden appearance of the military in some cases after the fires, and now, pace recent developments, the involvement of the Department of Defense in planning for the next disasters in that state. Like many others, I've speculated that perhaps these fires were set by arsonists, but arsonists with a variety of exotic "toys" and technologies to play with, from directed energy weapons, microwaves, and I've even entertained the idea that the power grid itself was used as a broadcast antenna in to start fires in some instances.

So I have to wonder if this language referring to "precision fires" and not "precision fire control systems" might be doing a bit of double duty, and if in fact, these sophisticated fire control systems are about much more than standard guided missiles, and if some other technology is implied as well, the kind of technology that can burn houses to the ground, melt wheel rims on cars, twist guard rails and rebar on bridges and roads, and so on.

Though my high octane speculation on the end of the twig far exceeds the evidence, it's that suggestive ambiguity in the wording of the headline that has me wondering, and I'm willing to say that I think it probably does. We may, in fact, be looking at a backhanded admission of the existence of catastrophe capitalism.

See you on the flip side...



  1. One has often mentioned concerns about this lengthy, linear, and imprecise language conundrum most folks are brought up with, forced to learn or remain silent with and be thought a fool. There’s even been lines drawn in the useful alphabet pitting one party against another, for instance, one side insists on twisting and changing language, blurring the distinction between lies and truth, while the other insists on traditional precision use of language that nearly always fails to meet the changing goal posts of language use. Hence, the complaints about paperwork and more paperwork about the paperwork. Rumor has it there’s some between-the-lines understanding somewhere in the alphabet blabbering, too. Most likely passed by some time ago.

    “Precision fires,” precision weapons control, precision beam weaponry and precision guidance systems seem to have something very precise in common. Not quite sure where that precise distinction should be measured, though or where precisely it was recorded before.

    1. Indeed. If it has not already happened, it will be interesting to follow insurance-related litigation in which a policyholder asserts that an AoG was not an AoG.

  2. “Fires” is an old artillery term, out of WWII. It is just shorthand for an artillery bombardment. When the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) came along, it was initially unguided and just functioned as very expensive artillery rounds. It was still just “fires.” Then, with the miniaturization and hardening of electronics, it became possible to have a group of guided rockets. Hence, “precision-fires.” Truly nothing to see here, move along…

    Now, ‘catastrophe capitalism’ is alive and well. I half-expect it to be used to “1929” America in the near future. We just need to learn the ‘signals’ which will be used to let in-the-know catastrophe capitalists withdraw from the system in time…

  3. They say word of mouth is the best advertising there is. These precision fires have already been spread by those-in-the-know talking to each other on the QT. It’s in their community’s industrialized social history[so to speak].
    So ingrained; that one can’t help but brag a little in some off hand hoi polloi ink remark.
    Of course; other transnational corporate fascists have this capability, and then some.
    Would the likes of Blackwater be in the market?
    [or, whatever global PMC is in vogue]
    Perhaps one could use the Lockheed precision fires; while, the other uses the fire control programs side of the coin?
    Play both sides against the other? And, for a limited time; the one who buys x-tra in$urance, can be guaranteed to win?
    Why the permutations and double/triple crosses are limitless!
    Buy in now; or, burn later?

    1. Catherine had the BEST cartoon on her site a few years ago that had a huge UFO moving in with the name Lockheed Martian on the side. I wish I could remember the exact context but it was bloody hilarious! I tried to find it on Solari but was unable to pull it up.

  4. In Iceland, the elves are known to be extremely hostile, playing precision games of bowling heads in ditches.

    Finding Persians to clever in chess, the neighborhood bully picks a lesser target, to serve dinner to Moloch.

    American trolls are not skilled in fifth dimensional chess. Big mouth, big money, big gun, but pea brain.

    Last time: https://www.lpthe.jussieu.fr/~roehner/oci.pdf

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